Davidson’s Plum

In the interests of experimentation, when I came across some fallen Davidson’s Plums recently, I picked them up and carried them home.  As you do!

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This is a rainforest tree, native to Queensland: Davidsonia Pruriens.

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It’s narrow and tall and the fruit are surprisingly large (many native fruits are small by comparison with the European cultivated fruits they reminded colonists about).

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There might be a way to get colour from these fruits.  But the way I chose (cooking the fruit and applying to alum mordanted fibre) is not really one of them.  The alum mordanted wool turned a pale tan–and this may be a generous interpretatio– and the alum mordanted silk became ever such a pastel shade of apricot.

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5 responses to “Davidson’s Plum

  1. This is one if my favorite fruits … I have 4 trees that are coming into flower now they make the best Jam!! They also gave me great colour bundled in silk.

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    • So there is a way to get colour from them! Well done. Good to hear they make great jam. I don’t think I’ll ever have enough to try that but I have sampled Davidson’s Plum in various dishes and chutneys…

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  2. you must have the most amazing collection of dye tests! How do you sort them all?

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    • I punch a hole in each sample card and keep them on a big split ring. It’s true there are a lot of them… I have moved onto a second split ring! The leaf print samples get made into things. If I like them, they feature. If not, they might be lining, backing, patchwork….

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